Online Master of Business Administration


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Traditional MBA Curriculum

The Online Master of Business Administration at Marylhurst University is designed for working individuals who are seeking to better their professional careers.

Our online MBA program includes 32 to 37 credits of core courses, 12 credits of coursework in electives of your choice and a four-credit capstone class. This dynamic degree is an all-encompassing business experience built to prepare ambitious students for management success.

Business Core Courses

BUS 500 Foundations of Business

This course is intended to prepare students to be successful in an MBA program by introducing them to the following topics: writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office. Students without an undergraduate business degree, and students without professional work experience in a business-related field, will find this course particularly useful as they prepare for their MBA coursework.

MBA 510 Organizational Behavior

During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces both the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision-making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture.

MBA 511 Business Law for Managers

This course is a practical survey of business law geared towards providing busy managers with a solid grasp of key legal concepts and principles that they are likely to encounter in their work day. Students learn that the benefits of legal action must be weighed against the risks and costs of litigation. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, commercial transactions and business organizational structures.

MBA 512 Managerial Economics

This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets to their personal decision-making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.

MBA 514 Marketing & Communications

Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, students learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. This course explores marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management.

MBA 521 Managerial Accounting

In this course students learn accounting concepts from a decision-maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations.

MBA 522 Financial Management

This course is designed to help students understand financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles and the role of financial markets, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists.Prerequisites: MBA 521

MBA 524 Statistics for Managers

Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. This course is an introduction to the benefits of statistical thinking. Students explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. This course covers basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design.

MBA 526 Strategic Planning

Successful managers understand the value of strategic planning. This course develops the analytical and financial skills to gain competitive advantage in a dynamic business climate. Students learn how to evaluate the business environment, assess an organization’s strengths and capabilities, and decide on competitive strategies. Practical scenarios are used to explore strategic alternatives, implementation options and evaluation methods.

MBA 548 Corporate Finance

This intermediate course approaches finance from the chief financial officer’s perspective. Students will analyze practical problems in investment decisions, working capital, risk management, company valuation, financial planning, and legal and ethical concerns. This course provides an understanding of the theories, concepts, and applications of modern corporate finance.Prerequisites: MBA 522.

MBA 557 Project Management

Project management is an important component of many of today’s most rewarding professions. This important discipline makes it possible to achieve organizational goals in a broad array of fields within the private and nonprofit sectors. This course provides students with a deep understanding of project management by introducing processes and behavioral and technical tools to effectively plan, manage and implement projects. In this course, students will be exposed to a range of applications and will have the opportunity to develop a project through several stages of implementation.Prerequisites: MBA 510.

MBA 565 Leading Organizational Change

This course provides opportunities to increase understanding of organizational change theories and practice, and to identify and develop personal qualities, skills and experience in support of becoming effective agents of change. Through a systematic approach to lead and influence organizational change plans and implementation efforts, students will identify sources of resistance and develop plans to successfully mitigate and/or leverage those forces.Prerequisites: MBA 510

MBA Capstone Project

MBA 598 Capstone Project

In the capstone course, students establish links between their MBA program and practical application. Using skills and competencies that demonstrate mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes, students identify an area in which to apply their learning. Using a wide variety of tools, students demonstrate their understanding of theory and practice to create an implementation plan for improved organizational performance.Prerequisites: Completion of all other program requirements.